The Anne Arundel County Department of Health vision and hearing technicians and school nurses will be conducting mandated vision and hearing screenings in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grade, and for students new to Anne Arundel County schools starting next week, according to a press release.
Children who wear glasses should bring them to school on the day of the screening. For the Severna Park and Millersville area students, will have screenings on Jan. 11 andon Jan. 30-31.
The screenings detect vision or hearing problems that may impair a child’s ability to perform successfully in school.
Special education students receiving speech therapy may also be recommended for screening. Department vision and hearing technicians also administer vision and hearing screenings at private schools, nurseries and day care programs to ensure that the appropriate children are screened, according to the press release.
If a potential deficiency is detected, a letter is sent to the parents informing them of the results and asks that they contact the child's doctor for further testing and advice.
For more information on the School Vision and Hearing Program, call Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, at 410-222-6838.